Community Film Picks: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Fri, Dec 16, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SCREENING

As part of Community Film Picks, Bushel is pleased to present Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios), directed by Pedro Almodóvar, and released in 1988. See trailer here. Doors at 6:45 pm; screening begins at 7 pm. This program is free to attend. There is seating for 30; attendance is mask optional. Many thanks to Iris Cushing for picking this film AND for providing special refreshments––gazpacho (unadulterated) and Spanish tortilla!

Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown centers on voiceover actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) who is suddenly jilted by her married boyfriend and voiceover co-star Iván (Fernando Guillén). Pepa’s frantic attempts to reach Iván by phone coincide with a madcap series of events unfolding in her high-rise Madrid apartment: Pepa’s best friend Candela (Maria Barranco) goes into hiding, Iván’s son Carlos (Antonio Banderas) shows up unexpectedly, spiked gazpacho is surreptitiously consumed, and Iván’s homicidal wife makes the scene. Almodóvar’s melodramatic heroines are irresistible in their ludic power. The film garnered an Academy Award nomination for Almodóvar (Best Foreign Language Film, 1988).

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Iris Cushing is a poet who lives in Delaware County. Among her many passions are small-press publishing, radical feminist literature, and pop rock music from the 70s.

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Community Film Picks is a once-a-month film night at Bushel taking place on third Fridays at 7 pm. Bushel invites the community to propose films for future screenings. For information please send us an email.